Back to Family Mealtime

By Jacqueline Gomes, RDN, MBA

Between afterschool activities and at home obligations, you may find family meals are a thing of the past. However, regular family meals are linked to many lifelong benefits!

  • Children who grow up sharing family meals are more likely to exhibit prosocial behavior as adults, such as sharing, fairness and respect.
  • Increased family meals are associated with greater intake of fruits and vegetables.
  • With each additional family meal shared each week, adolescents are less likely to show symptoms of violence, depression and suicide, less likely to use or abuse drugs or run away, and less likely to engage in risky behavior or delinquent acts.
  • Adults and children who eat at home more regularly are less likely to suffer from obesity.

Make Meals Happen…

  • Keep meals simple yet nutritious. Ground turkey for instance can go from package to burgers and meatballs in minutes, (plus the make-ahead benefits!). Rich in protein, lean and powerful flavor!
  • When you have time, prepare staples (think rice, quinoa) and refrigerate or freeze to throw into soups/casseroles/side dishes later in the week.Join the Movement for Family Meals at !


Zesty Turkey Sloppy Joes & Broccoli Apple Slaw

Kids can be messy eaters, but here’s one recipe that’s meant to be sloppy! The veggies and homemade sauce cuts down on the sodium level while pumping up nutrition. Extras can be frozen for quick meals on busy weeknights. Then, turn a simple bagged broccoli slaw into a flavorful side dish with a few additions! The sweetness of the apple and cranberries pairs perfectly with tanginess of the poppy seed dressing, and walnuts offer the perfect crunch and healthy fats!


Total Prep: 25 minutes

Makes: 8 Servings



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 Red Sun Farms® red bell pepper, seeded, diced
  • 1/2 RealSweet® sweet onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 cup no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 whole wheat hamburger buns


Broccoli Apple Slaw

  • 1 (12 oz.) package broccoli slaw
  • New York Honeycrisp apple, julienned
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup Poppyseed dressing



Zesty Turkey Sloppy Joes

  1. Heat oil in nonstick large skillet over medium heat. Add turkey, bell pepper and onion, and cook 5-7 minutes, or until meat is cooked through. Add tomato sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire, mustard, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir and heat thoroughly.
  2. Top buns with sloppy joe mixture.

Broccoli Apple Slaw

  1. Mix broccoli slaw, apple, cranberries, walnuts and dressing in large bowl. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes before serving.


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